Disclosure: Diary of a First Time Mom received some form of compensation to produce this JJ Cole review. However, all opinions remain our own.

Dear Diary,

The leaves and the temperature are falling across the country, signaling the arrival of autumn. But don’t let the change in the weather significantly change your family’s social calendar. This fall, you can have just as much fun as you did over the summer. Swap swimming pools for pumpkin patches and picnics for apple orchards.

Before you venture into the outdoors, make sure you bundle your baby! recently, my family took a trip to the local pumpkin patch and petting zoo, and we kept our daughter warm with JJ Cole’s Bundle Me, which eliminated the need for a jacket or blanket that usually falls on the ground at least once.

JJ Cole

It is super easy to attach to the stroller, and it provides plenty of room for my daughter to move around. I can use the Bundle Me with a car seat, stroller, and jogger. It’s wind and water resistant and machine washable, which is a big bonus since toddlers spill more things than they actually drink at times. I also like that it was easy to attach to the stroller and also provided plenty of room for my daughter to move around.

Here are 10 fun fall activities where you can use the Bundle Me.

  1. Visit a Pumpkin Patch: In addition to picking a pumpkin and going on a hayride, pumpkin patches set the scene for affordable family photos, which can be used on Christmas cards. Plus, farms typically offer other activities, such as face painting and horseback riding.
  2. Go Apple Picking: Grant it, you will probably pick your child up to reach the trees. You can use the apples to blend baby food, whip up applesauce or bake an apple pie. If you can’t make it to an orchard, bob for apples at home.
  3. Jump in the Leaves: Do you remember how much fun it was to jump in a huge pile of leaves as a kid? Relive those fun fall memories with your child and get some yard work done at the same time.
  4. Take a Hike: Fall is my favorite season solely because the leaves on the trees change colors. Take a hike and point out the different hues. You can play I Spy,  have a scavenger hunt or collect leaves for an arts and crafts project. If you’re not a crafty mama, you can always place the leaves between two pieces of wax paper and iron it.
  5. Get Lost in a Corn Maze: Little ones love taking charge and being independent. Let them make decision about the direction you’ll go in, just make sure they go to the potty before entering the maze!
  6. Sign up for a Library Card: When the weather chills, the library is a great place to chill out. In addition to reading books and attending shows, many library location let members check out movies, music and games.
  7. Play with a Pumpkin: Make pumpkin play dough, slime or a Jack-o-Lantern.
  8. Visit a Petting Zoo: Feed goats, pet pigs and chase chickens at a petting zoo. Be sure to bring along sanitizer to prevent Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease.
  9. Make a Scarecrow: Find an old shirt a a pair of jeans and stuff it with leaves. Use one of the pumpkins you picked up from the pumpkin patch for the head.
  10. Feed the Ducks: Visit a local pond, or if there aren’t any ducks in your neighborhood, make a bird feeder for your backyard and let your feathered friends come to you.

Hey DFTM Fam–What are your favorite fall activities? Is your family ready for the new season? And if the temps are dropping, you can pick up a Bundle Me at  buybuyBABY.com and BabiesRUs.com!

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

One Response

  1. MJ

    JJ Cole Bundle Me is one of my favorite baby products! We have two. With a new bundle on the way, we will definitely be getting another 🙂
    Love the fall ideas. We’ve done all of them except for the for corn maze.


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